SIS Insights Blog

In this blog, our policy and technology experts offer their insights on a variety of topics to which Social Interest Solutions brings a unique point of view. Our staff provide perspectives and recommendations on how to develop and refine application, eligibility determination, and enrollment systems for health care, nutrition, and other social service programs.

We Are Alluma

We Are Alluma

We have exciting news to share: Social Interest Solutions is evolving and rebranding as Alluma. Our new name better reflects the boldness of our mission and our methods today. Here’s how.
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The Unfinished Business of the ACA

The Unfinished Business of the ACA

Interoperability between health and human services programs is what Claudia Page, who helped write the Affordable Care Act, thinks of as “unfinished business” of the ACA. It’s in the law, but yet to be realized. Ten years in, now is an opportune time to recommit with a broad coalition of changemakers
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Shifting Terrain: How We’re Defining Tech Success Now

Shifting Terrain: How We’re Defining Tech Success Now

When we launched One-E-App in 2003, the technology for transmitting information was a bit rough. In San Diego County, for example, applicant information was relayed from a little-league baseball field to our servers using transponder boxes Velcroed to buildings across the city. By going to the fields where families were already
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A Smooth Data Exchange Can Turn Tax Forms into Health Care

A Smooth Data Exchange Can Turn Tax Forms into Health Care

The Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program will be the first program in the nation to use income tax filing to connect people to healthcare coverage by adding a checkbox to the Maryland tax return.
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We Built What People Needed: The Work of SIS Over the Last 20 Years

We Built What People Needed: The Work of SIS Over the Last 20 Years

We began as problem-solvers. A timeline documenting what we’ve achieved through purposeful innovation over the last nearly two decades.
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How We Work: To Help WIC Agencies Make Critical Technology Decisions, We Take a Closer Look at the Needs of Users

How We Work: To Help WIC Agencies Make Critical Technology Decisions, We Take a Closer Look at the Needs of Users

We evaluated the implementation of similar tools in public agencies and general trends that were in Telehealth and how the “digital divide” impacted how people used phones and computers.
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Share Data with Confidence

Share Data with Confidence

SIS Senior Policy Analyst Khaliyl Lane takes a deep look at data-sharing possibilities between state-run WIC, TANF, Medicaid, and SNAP programs in his latest report
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Thoughtfully Improving the WIC Experience Through Technology

Thoughtfully Improving the WIC Experience Through Technology

WIC families are asking for more digital tools to interact with the program, and WIC agencies want to deliver. But how?
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California State Hub Roadmap

Designing a Roadmap to Improve Verifications for Benefit Programs in California

We looked at the challenges faced by clients and staff when people apply for benefits like CalFresh & CalWORKs, and developed a roadmap to address them.
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Using Existing Data to Eliminate Gaps in Health Care Coverage

Using Existing Data to Eliminate Gaps in Health Care Coverage

Even without significant investment, states can use the data at their disposal to discern gaps, patterns, and inconsistencies to better understand what happens during transitions, why coverage disruptions happen, and what can be done to promote seamless transitions.
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